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Mortgage interest income tax deduction during year with a principal residence change

In 2010 my residency changed from the home I own to a home I'm renting, but I owned the mortgaged home all year. Is the deductable amount of mortgage interest paid pro-rated based on the date I ...
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Can I claim a tax deduction for working from home as an employee? I work there 90% of the time

I'm working for a company as a computer programmer, but 90% of my work is done at my apartment. Let's say I have an exclusive space for the work in my apartment, can I claim tax deduction for the ...
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What's the best secure tax deductible investment?

I will receive a lump sum amount as a voluntary departure pkg. I live in Ontario, Canada and want to know what I should invest this amount in (GIC/Mutual Fund) that will get a high return and be tax ...
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How do I take a loss on an IRA I converted to a Roth IRA?

Can I take a loss on conversion? If so, how do I do so (i.e. what U.S. tax form do I use)?
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Can you write off time like you can money?

I've spent considerable time in the last year building a portfolio for my business. This time was donated to clients, for my benefit, and theirs. There is a large opportunity cost lost. I could ...
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How do LLC losses affect personal income taxes in the US?

I know that LLCs have the benefit of pass-through taxation in the US and that any profits realized by the LLC are recorded as income by the LLC members, thus increasing their taxable income. What is ...
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Donating books to charity & claiming a deduction on my income tax: How to value the goods?

I have a large number of books. I tried selling them on Amazon, but they don't cost enough to make up for the shipping. I tried selling them at local book stores, but they barely took any of them ...
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When should I open a “Line of credit” at my bank?

I'm new to the concept of "line-of-credit", and my banker says I should be able to open one based on the number of stocks I own. I have no mortgage. I'm told that I'm able to deduct my interest on ...
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How does tax work for an overseas contractor on a split year contract?

I am currently working as U.S. DoD contractor in Afghanistan. I arrive in Afghanistan late October 2010. I will be over here until at least October 2011. I know that when working overseas for 330 days ...
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Is there any advantage to using a FSA instead of claiming medical expense on tax returns?

Using my FSA is pretty annoying. I have to submit claims and scramble to use it or lose it. Is there any advantage (aside from perhaps cash flow) of using an FSA over just claiming my ...
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Are COBRA premiums deductible when self-employed?

Been Googling all day and can't find anything definitive. I left my job in January of 2010, and have been working on a 1099 basis since then (as a sole proprietor). I have been paying COBRA premiums ...
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Why opening a traditional IRA is not helping my tax forecast for 2010?

I am using the IRA Calculator from one of the main tax software. Link here After I put the information of my spouse and I, it comes out saying that there is no marginal tax saving for neither of us. ...
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Do other countries have the equivalent of Australia's Negative Gearing?

Negative Gearing is a feature of Australian taxation where losses from real estate or share investments can be offset against assessable income. In simple terms, the difference between rent, and ...
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Do I have to list a SSN to take a child exemption?

Do I have to list my child's social security number on my income taxes to take a child exemption? What if my child doesn't have a social security number?
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Under IRS rules, After what tax bracket or income range student loan interests are not effective?

Student loans generally have very low interest rates. Those interests paid work in your favor at tax time, for certain income and tax bracket group. In the US, if you make more than what amount, ...
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Should I invest in a Health Insurance +1 policy from my Employer?

Hi Personal Finance Fans, Here is an easy question for all the economic gurus in this forum. I am currently working for one global corporation. My wife is working for a big USA organization. ...
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If I go to a seminar held overseas, may I claim my flights on my tax return?

i am an IT contractor and I would like to go to a seminar overseas. I'm paying for this by myself, however, I believe it is related to what I do and could be classed as an educational expense. The ...
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Is an old UGMA account loss tax deductable?

In 2008, my father-in-law let us know about a UGMA account that was for my wife. We gladly took control of the assets and noticed the value of the account crashed at some point. At the end of 2008, ...
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Formula for calculating real cost of a deductible expense

Nice round numbers: say I perform a job that gets $1000 gross (call this g) in which I incur $100 in expense (call this e). The expense is fully deductible. Assume my marginal tax rate is 25% (call ...
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If I pay someone else's property taxes, can I use it as a deduction on my income tax return?

I'm planning on paying the property taxes of a home my mother-in-law owns. She owns the house, but I live there. As part of the bargain, I agreed to pay the property taxes. If I write the check ...
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Can dues and subscriptions expenses be deducted 100% to calculate taxable income in an LLC company?

I'm using Quickbooks Online, "Dues & Subscriptions" is one of the expense accounts we have. I would like to know if this expense can be deducted 100% for calculating my taxable income. Our company ...
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What are the ins/outs of writing-off part of one's rent for working at home?

Suppose I rent a 100 square foot apartment (just to keep the numbers easy). Now suppose I use a 30 square foot area exclusively for working-at-home. In that 30 square foot area there'a desk ...
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What would be the impact of a fourth child on taxes?

Should I expect the tax effect of a fourth child to be similar to that of the third, or is there a point of diminishing financial benefit?
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Can I write-off Visual Studio 2010 on my taxes if I want to learn it?

I doubt I can write it off, but I just figured I'd check anyway. What if I took a class in it and needed the software to take the class?
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Why are we not getting a rebate when we declare zero allowances?

Both my wife and I file zero allowances for both Federal (W-4) and State (CA). For Federal we checkbox married and for State we checkbox single/married with two or more incomes. To the best of my ...
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What types of receipts do I need to keep for itemized tax deductions?

Do I need to keep all of my receipts or only receipts of a certain type or amount for itemized deductions? I've also only taken the standard deduction, but this year I plan to itemize. I keep almost ...
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Is mortgage interest tax deductible for not only federal but state income taxes?

Does anyone know if mortgage interest, mortgage insurance and property taxes are deductible for not only federal but state income taxes? This may be a state-by-state issue, but if anyone has ...
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Is there a tax deduction for a loss due to theft of inventory in a start-up business?

I acquired an inventory for a business start-up. The owner of the building died. An executor wrongly sold off the inventory and did not turn over the funds. The reasoning, if the person would ...
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Can you claim child care expenses on your tax return in the UK?

Can you claim child care expenses on your tax return in the UK?
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Can I get a tax deduction for giving towards my grandchildren's education?

I have 4 Canadian grandchildren. Can I get a charitable tax deduction if I give towards their education?
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Can I claim a UK or foreign charity donation as tax deductible in Canada?

Can I claim a UK charity donation as tax deductible in Canada? More generally, are charitable donations to foreign charities tax deductible in Canada?
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Can I deduct equipment that I'm required to purchase by my employer?

If my employer requires that I own a laptop and other computer equipment, but does not provide them, am I able to deduct the expense of purchasing the equipment? I know that I definitely would deduct ...
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Which investment option provides the best income tax benefit? [Canada]

If I have $100 to invest and I have the ability to choose from the following: GIC at 3% interest Shares that I might later sell at $105 Shares that pay a dividend of $3 Assuming that the period is ...
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How do I use investments to lower my taxes [US]?

I'm not sure how this works. Do you just report on your taxes which investments you contributed to during that year, and then get a deduction? I want to pay less taxes, and put my income in some ...
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Where can I find a list of common US income tax deductions?

Where can I find a list of common tax deductions in the US? I'd like to know so I can keep more receipts and pay less tax.
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TurboTax is telling me to open an IRA now, and get a $5K deduction this year, is this a smart thing to do?

I'm 21 years old, and 2009's total itemized deduction for me is $1,908. I'm going with the standard deduction, but next year seems like it has a lot of potential to save if I open up this IRA that ...
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My daughter got married last year in late August, can I still claim her part year?

If my 21-yr-old daughter lived at home (and I provided more than half of her support) until her wedding in late August of last year, can't I still claim her as a dependent of some sort?
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What can I deduct while assisting in caring for elderly relatives that do not live with me?

I provide all transportation to medical appointments, do their shopping, drive them to church, do their foot care, provide some meals -weekly, assist with ecercising, house cleaning. I do not want ...
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If I volunteer to give back to my community, is there a monetary amount assigned to my time, to act as an Income Tax Deduction?

Is there a value that can be assigned to my time, i.e. an hourly rate, so that I can be given a receipt to remit to CRA come Income Tax Filing time? I live in Canada.
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Can vet / veterinary bills be considered deductions (tax-deductible) for Income Tax purposes [Canada]?

When I gathered all my 2009 receipts in preparation for my Income Tax filing, I came across a large number of expenses incurred for my pets. Are these expenses tax-deductible?
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Child care expenses: How much deduction can be claimed on tax return? [Canada]

How much deduction can be claimed for child care expenses on a Canadian income tax return, for 2009? Does it vary by province? Are receipts required to claim a child care expenses deduction?
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How do you calculate pretax deduction savings?

I am trying to determine how much money I will save by participating in the TransitChek program. The way the program works is I can set aside a certain amount of money from my pay check before taxes ...
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UK income tax & charitable donations: How much is income tax reduced by donations?

To continue the theme... In the UK, how much is income tax reduced by charitable donations? When filing, are there any special requirements to qualify for the deduction or credit?
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U.S. income tax & charitable donations: How much is income tax reduced by donations?

In the U.S., how much is income tax reduced by charitable donations? When filing, are there any special requirements to qualify for the deduction or credit?
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Canadian income tax & charitable donations: How much is income tax reduced by donations?

In Canada, how much is income tax reduced by charitable donations? When filing, are there any special requirements to qualify for the deduction or credit?
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How long do I have to make an adjustment to my income tax filing?

For instance, if one were to find receipts between 2-3 years old, are they still useable? Is there a fee for a re-assessment?
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In Canada, can I deduct my mortgage if running a business from my home?

If I run a home business and a portion of the home is used as an office for the business can I deduct a percentage of the mortgage?
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Is it financially-beneficial (tax-wise) for couples to be married, or to remain common-law, in Canada?

Which is more beneficial to your bottom-line (disregarding the cost associated with actually getting married, and assuming no children are involved).
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We get receipts from our child care provider. Can we still claim a tax benefit even though they're not licensed?

We get receipts from our child care provider. Can we still claim a tax benefit even though they're not licensed? [Note: This is my paraphrased version of a similar question I answered at ...